How to remove Smashtab.net

Smashtab.net is a browser hijacker that seems normal at first glance. Hence, unlike common search tool, the installation proceeding for this one is unusual. Smashtab.net shows up on the browser program unexpectedly when web user installs an extension called SmashApps or SmashTab. Both applications are introduced as helpful tool that improves online browsing and searching activities of online users. This so-called feature may never emerge while searching the web with Smashtab.net. In fact, all it can do is process a series of redirects that seems to be suspicious.

The appearance of Smashtab.net on browser program is often unexpected. Similar to cases older variant PowerSmash, majority of the installation are accidental or make their way through malicious software bundles like freeware, shareware, and fake software update. Once SmashTab or SmashApps is installed using this software bundling technique, the adware immediately pushes for the appointment of Smashtab.net as default homepage and search engine.

Aside from being dominant to takeover critical sections of the internet program, Smashtab.net is able to track web user’s online activities. This hijacker performs data gathering where it can log details like search keywords, favorite websites, visited pages, and IP address of web user. People behind Smashtab.net have two ways to consume collected data. They will either scrutinize it for ad-related purpose or sell them to underground network where cyber crooks can misuse the stolen information for online phishing or any fraudulent acts.

Screenshot image of Smashtab website

It is obvious that web user has nothing to gain for the existence of Smashtab.net. Therefore, we highly encourage immediate removal of this browser hijacker. Aside from restoring safety and privacy on the internet program, eliminating Smashtab.net reinstate the trusted search tool like Google, Bing, or Yahoo. Most of all, the removal of Smashtab.net thwarts any possible malware infection that may surface when it executes pop-up ads and redirects on the internet browser program.

Follow the guide on this page to completely get rid of Smashtab.net including all associated adware and malicious file installers. As suggested, scan the computer with effective anti-virus and anti-malware tools to delete all malicious items associated to Smashtab.net.

Online Security Scanner Report for Smashtab.net

Online ScannerScan FindingsUpdated on
Google Safe BrowsingNo unsafe content foundOct. 25, 2020
Norton Safe WebNot yet testedOct. 25, 2020
Sucuri SiteCheckLow Security RiskOct. 25, 2020

Smashtab.net Removal Procedure

Below is a systematic instruction that is very useful in getting rid of the potentially unwanted program (PUP) from compromised Windows computer. Aside from removing the malicious browser extension, this guide is also helpful in deleting Smashtab.net hijacker and pop-ups.

In order to totally eliminate the threat, it is vital to follow the process in exact manner.

Step 1 : Delete Smashtab.net Browser Extension

Most adware and unwanted programs are using a program called browser extension to be able to take over the settings of internet applications. Therefore, we highly recommend to check and remove the extension that is closely related to Smashtab.net.

Remove Smashtab.net Extension from Google Chrome

1. Open Google Chrome browser.

2. Type chrome://extensions/ in the address bar and press Enter on keyboard.

Chrome URL

3. Find Smashtab.net or relevant entry and remove it from Google Chrome browser.

Uninstall Smashtab.net Extension from Mozilla Firefox

1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser.

2. Type about:addons in the address bar and press Enter on keyboard.

Firefox URL

3. Choose Extensions on sidebar menu.

4. Look for object that is pertaining to Smashtab.net and remove it from the browser.

After deleting the malicious browser extension, it is expected that Smashtab.net is also gone from the homepage.

Remove Smashtab.net Add-ons from Internet Explorer and Edge Browser

1. Open Internet Explorer program.

2. Go to top Menu and click Tools. Then, select Manage Add-ons from the drop-down list.

Internet Explorer Add-ons

3. Look for and Remove or Disable entries of Smashtab.net from Toolbars and Extension. Additionally, delete Smashtab.net from Search Providers section.

4. Close the window and restart Internet Explorer.

If Smashtab.net is still present on the IE browser and there are still homepage and pop-ups originating from Smashtab.net, another option is to remove the adware from Windows Control Panel.

5. Press Windows Key + R and then, type appwiz.cpl command.

6. Program and Features window will open. Arrange the list in chronological manner with recently installed applications on top. To do this, click on 'Installed On' column.

Add-Remove Malware

7. Select Smashtab.net or recently installed unwanted entry. Then, click on Uninstall to remove it from Windows system.

Step 2 : Scan the computer with Anti-malware Program

To remove Smashtab.net automatically, scanning the computer with this powerful anti-malware tool is recommended. This scanner does not just uncover known threats like viruses or malware, it is also effective in discovering browser hijacker like Smashtab.net that assigns Smashtab.net as the homepage URL.

1. Download the free anti-malware scanner called MalwareBytes Anti-Malware.

2. After downloading, install the program. It may run automatically or you have to double-click on the downloaded file MBSetup.exe.

3. Proceed with the installation using only the default setup. If you need the complete setup procedure, it is available on the download page.

4. After the installation process, click Get Started to run the program.

5. Continue with the prompts until the main program opens.

6. On Malwarebytes Anti-malware console, click on Scan to run the most comprehensive detection method and find any hidden items linked to Smashtab.net.

7. Wait for the anti-malware to finish scanning the computer.

MBAM Scan

8. When scanning is done, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will display the list of identified threats. Remove all identified threats including Smashtab.net and restart the computer to finalized the scan process.

The above procedures should have totally eliminated the Smashtab.net browser hijacker. However, if you found that there are still remnants of the threat and Smashtab.net still exists on internet application, please proceed to manual removal of associated objects as outlined below.

Step 3 : Scan and Delete Adware with AdwCleaner

In addition to the procedure, we suggest scanning the computer with AdwCleaner tool. Possibly, there are some traces of Smashtab.net on the browser that was not deleted during the preceding steps. This tool will scan the computer and check for presence of malicious applications as well as invalid browser entries that produces Smashtab.net pop-ups.

1. Follow the link below to download the tool called AdwCleaner.

2. When the download has completed, please close all running programs on the computer especially browsers affected by Smashtab.net.

3. Browse the location of the downloaded file and double-click on adwcleaner_Ver.exe to start running the tool. Then, click on Scan button.

AdwCleaner

4. AdwCleaner searches the computer for malicious programs, extensions, plug-ins, adware, and any items that may be associated to Smashtab.net. It will also check for suspicious entries on browser settings that is associated with Smashtab.net.

5. Clean or Remove all suspicious and harmful items identified after the thorough scan.

6. After the cleanup procedure, rebooting the computer is required to finalize the removal of detected threats.

Check if your internet browser application is no longer being bothered by Smashtab.net. If the browser hijacker still persists, please continue with the steps below to reset internet programs to default settings.

Optional : Reset Internet Browser Program

Cleaning your internet browser from clutter and unwanted add-on/extension is a must when dealing with Smashtab.net. The procedure below discuss on resetting various browsers to its default state.

Restore Google Chrome to Default Settings

Resetting Google Chrome to default settings is helpful in deleting hard-to-remove extension such as from Smashtab.net. This method is highly advisable to perform if you have difficulty in removing unwanted extension.

1. Open Google Chrome Internet browser.
2. On the address bar, type chrome://settings/reset and press Enter key.
3. Under Reset and clean up section, choose Restore settings to their original defaults.
4. Click Reset settings button to clear all entries of Smashtab.net.
5. Close the existing tab and restart Google Chrome. That should have removed Smashtab.net extension and associated objects.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

This section describes how to remove unwanted extension from Firefox that may be related to Smashtab.net. This process can fix many browser issues by restoring Firefox to factory settings without affecting your essential information (bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, and Internet cookies) on the browser. If you desire to remove only specific extension, please see manual removal of add-on from Firefox.

1. Input the string about:support on Firefox web address and press Enter on keyboard.
2. You will now see the Troubleshooting Information page of Mozilla Firefox.
3. You will notice a section on upper-right corner of the screen stating Give Firefox a tune up. Click the Refresh Firefox button.
4. If confirmation window appears, click Refresh Firefox to continue.
5. Firefox browser will close and start the resetting process. When done, it will display a list of restored data. Smashtab.net should be gone by now. Click Finish to open a fresh version of Firefox.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

1. Open Internet Explorer and navigate to top menu. Click Tools, and then Internet Options.
2. Select Advanced tab on Internet Options window.
3. On lower part of the window, under Reset Internet Explorer Settings area, click the Reset button. Please see image for reference. Your data like favorites, bookmark, and history will remain in the browser. However, this process may delete add-ons by Smashtab.net and other unknown objects. If you prefer to carry out the procedure manually, please add-on removal from Internet Explorer.

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